Local lass reaches a special milestone

ELIZABETH TOUGH celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday. She was presented with a telegram from the Queen by Kincardineshire Lord Lieutenant Carol Kinghorn.

ELIZABETH TOUGH celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday. She was presented with a telegram from the Queen by Kincardineshire Lord Lieutenant Carol Kinghorn.

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A LONG-term Stonehaven resident, who now lives in Laurencekirk, was surrounded by family and friends on Monday as she celebrated her 100th birthday.

Elizabeth Tough marked the big occasion with a party at Kirklodge Nursing Home in Laurencekirk, where she received a visit from Kincardineshire Lord Lieutenant Carol Kinghorn, who presented her with a telegram from Her Majesty the Queen.

Mrs Tough said she was “delighted” to receive her telegram.

Born Elizabeth Simpson on March 4, 1913, in Fyvie, she was the second of seven children. There were four brothers and three sisters, but only Elizabeth and her younger brother Robert (87) are left.

Aged 15 ,Elizabeth and her family moved to Stonehaven, and she was to stay there for the next 83 years.

In 1932, Elizabeth qualified as a secretary and spent much of her working life as a secretary for the Royal British Legion in Stonehaven.

She was forced to have her leg amputated at the age of 43 owing to illness but her neice Margaret Young said that “it never set her back. She is a very determined lady.”

Elizabeth married Sandy Tough at the age of 57 and enjoyed seven years of married life before she was sadly widowed.

She moved to Kirklodge Care Home a year-and-a-half ago, but still enjoys an active lifestyle and gets out and about as much as she can.